Weekend Meets Split Hoosiers Up For Competition in Iowa, Indy
April 23, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana splits up for the second time in the outdoor season this week, as part of the team will compete in Des Moines, Iowa at the Drake Relays and part of the team will compete at the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis. The Drake Relays begin on Wednesday, April 23 and conclude on Saturday, April 26. The Stan Lyons Invite is slated to begin at noon on Saturday, and the final event of the meet is slated to start at 8:40 p.m.
COOVER TAKES BIG TEN HONOR
Junior Jeff Coover claimed Big Ten Co-Field Athlete of the Week for his performance in the pole vault as the IU track and field team competed at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. on April 9-12.
Coover recorded the third-best pole vault in the NCAA this season when he cleared 5.35 meters (17-06.50). His mark was 30 centimeters higher than the regional qualifying standard and also 20 centimeters higher than his previous personal best. The La Jolla, Calif., native finished second in the meet among collegiate competition and third overall.
The junior garnered his first career weekly honor and IU's first league field honor since Ryan Ketchum received the accolade on April 11, 2006.
Coover shared the week's honor with Nolan Petties of Purdue.
BIG TEN HONORS FOR THIGPEN
Senior Marcus Thigpen was awarded the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week award for the week of March 24-30 for his efforts at the Alabama Relays. He posted a regional qualifying time in the 100 meter dash and won two of the four events in which he competed.
On Day Three of the Alabama Relays, Thigpen won the 100m dash, finishing in 10.47 seconds. The time is an improvement of .18 seconds on his previous outdoor best of 10.65.
Thigpen's mark was also .08 seconds faster than the regional qualifying standard of 10.55 seconds. The effort puts the Detroit native within .03 seconds of the fourth-best mark in IU history held by Bill Copeland and Contrell Ash, 10.44 seconds.
Thigpen also recorded qualifying time in teh 200m dash at the Indiana Invitational. His time of 21.27 seconds is .08 seconds faster than the regional standard of 21.35 seconds.
All-American senior Kyle Jenkins' mark of 15.71m was 71 centimeters past the regional qualifying standard of 15.00m at the Sea Ray Relays on March 30. Jenkins currently has the 16th best jump in the country with his mark. Jenkins career best in the triple jump is 16.19m.
Jenkins also qualified in the long jump. At the Indiana Invitational, his mark of 7.35m bettered the standard by one centimeter.
LAWSON PUNCHES REGIONAL TICKET
Lawson posted a regional qualifying mark in the long jump at the Alabama Relays on March 29. His leap of 7.55m was just 1 centimeter shy of his career best.
The mark was 21 centimeters further than the qualifying standard and was good enough for third place in the event.
HUBERS TO THE REGIONAL
Also posting a regional qualification at the Alabama Relays was freshman Ben Hubers. Hubers finished third in the 1500m run, posting a career best time of 3:45.71. The regional qualifying standard for the 1500m run is 3:47.5.
The freshman followed up the March 30 performance with another regional qualifying mark at the Stanford Invite on April 4. His mark of 14:09.83 is just under the regional qualifying standard of 14:10.00. His time in the 5,000m run is the 45th best in the country thus far in the outdoor season.
REGIONALS FOR RYAN
Senior Ryan Smith qualified for the regionals in the 400m hurdles at the Indiana Invitational. His time of 52.31 seconds is .20 seconds better than the regional standard of 52.51 seconds. Smith has a career best in the event of 51.89 seconds.
FEARNOW TO THE REGIONAL
Senior Paul Fearnow recorded a heave of 56.83m at the Indiana Invitational, earning himself a regional qualification. Fearnow took third place at the meet and his mark betters the regional standard by three centimeters and was 2.52m better than the fourth-place finisher.
PATRICK PASSES REGIONAL STANDARD
Sophomore Patrick Dalton recorded a regional qualification in the shot put with his career best toss at the Indiana Invitational. His mark of 16.93m (55-6 1/2) is 13 centimeters better than the regional standard of 16.80m. The mark is 40 centimeters better than Dalton's previous career best. Dalton took first place at the meet.
SMALL MEET, BIG RESULTS FOR HOOSIERS
The Hoosiers competed in the Indiana Invitational at Billy Hayes Track on Friday. The Hoosiers competed very well recording ten regional qualifications between the men and women.
In the 200m dash, Thigpen was followed in by freshman Devin Pipkin who recorded a career best time of 21.41 seconds. The freshman shed nearly a full second off of his previous best of 22.32 seconds and finished just .06 slower than the regional standard.
In the 400m hurdles, sophomore Chris Sackmann followed Smith across the finish line in the 400m hurdles, taking third place.
Sophomore Patrick Dalton finished sixth in the hammer throw, recording a career best mark of 47.20m.
In the shot put, sophomore Paul Haas finished fifth and recorded a career best of 15.03m. Haas added 66 centimeters to his career mark.
In the 110m hurdles, sophomore Chris Sackmann blazed to a career best time of 14.54 seconds. His time was good for first place and was just .24 seconds slower than the regional qualifying time of 14.30 seconds.
In the 100m dash, freshman Devin Pipkin inched out a victory, overtaking senior Wil Glover at the finish line. Pipkin recorded a career best time of 10.61 seconds, and Glover finished just .03 seconds after the freshman, recording a time of 10.64 seconds. A third Hoosier took a top-three finish, as senior Jacob Moylan finished in 10.68 seconds. Moylan's time is a career best.
In the 4x100m relay, a team of seniors Marcus Thigpen, Wil Glover and Keith Heerdegen as well as freshman Devin Pipkin took a first place finish, recording a time just .07 shy of the regional qualifying standard. They finished in 40.73 seconds.
In the high jump, sophomore Jared Nuxoll recorded a career best height of 2.05m. His second-place mark was five centimeters better than his previous best and moves him to within five centimeters of the regional qualifying standard (2.10m).
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